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Where Everyone Belongs or Welcome Every Body: Girl Power: Lafayette Troops
WEB is the Way to Middle School Forming, Interested Girls Invited
tential and self-worth.
By Sophie Braccini
says OIS Vice-Principal Ron
Langer, who originated the program
G irl Scouts of the USA is the
world’s preeminent organi-
zation dedicated solely to girls—all
Every day, Girl Scouts are
creating positive change and inspir-
with art teacher Susan Weiss. girls—where, in an accepting and ing others with their dedication and
The program is now run by nurturing environment, girls build inventiveness. New troops are
Diane Brode and Jennifer Wagner. character and skills for success in forming, all age levels, kindergarten
They highlight that WEB is more the real world. In partnership with through high school, find out what's
than just orientation day, throughout committed adult volunteers, girls happening in Lafayette. Contact:
the year the students will participate develop qualities that will serve Linda Bailey Wurgley, Member-
in parties such as a Valentine’s Day them all their lives, like leadership, ship Director, Grantsky1@com-
event or a group skate. Addition- strong values, social conscience, cast.net, 925-330-8222.
ally, the WEB leaders work with and conviction about their own po-
small groups of 6th graders on top-
ics such as feeling confident to ask
questions, or how harmful rumors
At JM, too, 6th graders will
be reunited with their WEB leaders
for monthly activities during the trumpet-trombone-french horn-baritone-tuba-sax
school year. (all styles including jazz band auditions prep)
Stanley’s Buddy program is
more a one-on-one experience with CA credentialed music teacher with references
Back row (L-R): JM WEB leader Mina Lucacher, Patti Forester, Heidi Felt, Annette Finnane and Annette Herbert; one 6th grader paired with an 8th
Front row, new 6th graders Photo Sophie Braccini grader. “The students meet once be-
fore school begins, and ice breakers
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etting foot for the first time in School (Stanley) in Lafayette, half graders on WEB day.
S middle school can be intimidat-
ing. The campus is larger, students
of the 6th graders (150) were paired
with almost as many 8th graders.
“I asked to become a WEB
leader because I had a rough time in
are organized like a scavenger hunt.
The 6th graders get to ask questions
have to move to different class-
rooms during the day, and sixth
At JM, School Counselor
Heidi Felt started the program two
7th grade and I thought that if I
could make a difference for some-
about teachers, schedules, or home-
work. Once they’re paired they
meet once a week the first two or
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graders go from being at the top of years ago. “Our former principal, body, then I should,” said Mina Lu-
three weeks of schools at lunch.
the elementary school food chain to Catherine Mikes, put WEB into my cacher, who enjoyed the training
After that the 6th graders are com- Free Estimates
being the little guys. To ease the job description when I was hired,” and the first WEB day.
fortable.” Westcoat noticed the in-
transition, middle schools organize said Felt. Emily Holbrook was in
creasing number of boys who Referrals Available
welcome days during which eighth The PTA, parents and teacher Mina’s group of 6th graders, and
participate in the program. The pro-
graders mentor the 6th graders and volunteers support the program and she said, “It was really fun to learn
make them feel good about their it really took off this year with twice about JM, see and meet new people
gram started in 2002, at first just 925 458 6386 home
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new school. The programs are as many 8th graders volunteering and get your schedule.” Emily
both genders participate and for the
called WEB days in Moraga and and events scheduled during the added that the day helped her a lot
first time this year there were more
Orinda and Buddy Days in whole school year. since she was very nervous about
6th grade boys than girls, so a few Engaging Minds
Lafayette. “The 8th graders volunteer a attending a new school; she felt
8th grade boys had two buddies.
Games, talk and fun are at the significant amount of time,” ex- much better about it afterwards. She Inspiring Creativity
In the three schools, the adults
heart of the programs and both 8th plains Felt. “They apply for a WEB hopes to be a WEB leader herself in
and 6th graders seem to appreciate leader position in late spring and 2 years.
in charge highlight the dedication of Enriching Lives
the 8th graders who participate,
it. Most 6th graders participated this once selected (with parent permis- The training is similar at
“I’m constantly impressed by the
year in Moraga and Orinda (over sion), they attend a three-period Orinda Intermediate School (OIS)
8th graders,” says Westcoat, “they
200 in each school), while 64 8th spring play (training day). In the where the program has been in ex-
have a real sense of concern and are
graders were WEB leaders at fall, prior to WEB day, they attend istence for 8 years. “We know that
very kind, they always go well be-
Orinda Intermediate School (OIS) two days of training where they are the more contact a sixth grader has 5th Grade educational trip
yond what is expected.” Marin Headlands, 2008
and 79 at Joaquin Moraga Interme- taught games and a research-based with his/her WEB Leader the more
diate (JM). At Stanley Middle curriculum to work with the 6th successful the sixth grader will be,” PRESCHOOL THROUGH 8TH GRADE
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Peter Varellas talks to Mrs. Laughland’s class Photo Neil Jennings
Laughland, still a 2nd grade came to school. “He was very gra-
O n Friday the 12th, Peter
Varellas, a member of the
Silver medal-winning US Men's
teacher.. “He was a great kid, liked
by everybody, always very happy,
cious, very poised,” said the de-
lighted teacher, “he talked to the
Water Polo team, paid a visit to his and I taught his sister, too.” Laugh- kids about setting goals and getting
2nd grade teacher Katie Laughland land followed the success of her ex- there step by step and the kids got
at Camino Pablo Elementary student in the Olympics and called it!” Laughland was impressed with
School in Moraga. “He was in the his parents’ house. The young man how well he worked with the kids,
first class that I ever had,” said called back, and he and his sister and interacted with everyone.
Get Out Your Checkbooks for Fall Fundraising
By Jean Follmer
your opportunity to help out your school, he is learning the compli-
I f you have school age children,
you probably just paid your
back-to-school fees. In addition to
friend’s kid’s school way over on
the other side of town. Truth be
cated art of selling. Even if you
don’t make a purchase, you are still Alain Pinel Realtors
the required registration fees, you told, I’ve already contacted a friend helping Johnny learn sales skills. revolutionized Bay Area real estate
may have also stroked checks for from another school and asked her An important part of selling is
some optional fees. The additional to give me the heads up when her learning to deal with rejection and practices in 1990.
spending opportunities likely in- son starts selling Sally Foster wrap- thinking of ways to turn “no” into
cluded extravagances like TB tests, ping paper. I love their stuff! Most “yes”. There are plenty of folks that Nearly two decades later,
an entire wardrobe of Spiritwear for of the paper has a grid on the back don’t buy Girl Scout cookies from
each family member and a “volun- and that enables me to more easily my daughter when she rings their we still are.
tary” donation to the PTA or PFC. cut the straight line that my gift re- bell and she’s learning to under-
As satisfying as the back-to-school cipients so clearly appreciate. Plus, stand that “no” is part of the We are proud to call
and fall activity spending spree may that way I will experience zero guilt process. Those rejections provide
Lamorinda our neighborhood.
have been, many of you will soon when my daughter hits her up to opportunities for parents to assure
have an opportunity to pull out your purchase Girl Scout cookies next and remind their children that the
checkbooks again! For what you spring. answer is not always “yes”. If it After all, we’re neighbors, too.
ask? Well, gift wrap, entertainment Think of it as an early start to were, what would they strive for?
books and perhaps an earthquake the holidays… OK, enough on the There are many reasons why some-
preparedness kit that includes a silliness. When your doorbell rings one may not be in a position to
portable toilet. and you see little Johnny on the make a purchase, but the interaction
If your school (like my kids’ doorstep clutching his sales sheet, can still be viewed positively and
school) has elected not to hold a fall consider opening the door. In addi- used as a learning opportunity. ORINDA | 2 Theatre Square, Suite 215 925.258.1111
fundraiser this year, consider this as tion to trying to raise money for his